Col Sam Smith Park: Saturday, Oct 31, 2015

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5 degrees and overcast at the start

Bird Highlight: hooded merganser
Hooded merganser

Hooded merganser

Botany Highlight: brightly coloured buds of goat willow
Salix caprea (sold as Pussy willow but called Goat willow in Europe) photo: Ken sproule

Salix caprea (sold as Pussy willow but called Goat willow in Europe) photo: Ken sproule

Species list: common loon, red-necked grebe, horned grebe, double-crested cormorant, mute swan, Canada goose, mallard, gadwall, greater scaup, bufflehead, long-tailed duck, red-breasted merganser, hooded merganser, herring gull, ring-billed gull, mourning dove, rock pigeon, downy woodpecker, black-capped chickadee, white-breasted nuthatch, brown creeper, American crow, golden-crowned kinglet, European starling, house sparrow, northern cardinal, American goldfinch, dark-eyed junco, white-throated sparrow, song sparrow.
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Next week, the Saturday group is at Ashbridge’s Bay.  For anyone who wishes to be picked up at Greenwod TTC, I will be there at 7:40.

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